Thursday, 23 August 2012

Govt to study sexual harassment men face at workplace

Taking note of a TOI report highlighting the fact that the Bill for Protection of Women against Sexual Harassment at Workplace was silent on similar treatment meted out to men, the minister for women and child development (WCD) plans to conduct a study on the issue. 

"I want to get a study conducted to find out what kind of harassment of males is prevalent and to what extent at workplaces, though till now only the harassment suffered by the women has been spoken about," WCD minister Krishna Tirath said on Monday. 

Tirath told reporters here that she had already discussed the issue with her ministry that there should be a study on this because there have been many suggestions that this law could have been gender neutral. Tirath was responding to a question on whether the ministry was looking into aspects related to the problems faced by men at their workplace. 

"There is no problem in getting a study conducted. Since it is the issue of harassment at workplace, we can get a study conducted," Tirath said. 

The minister said though her ministry worked primarily for the welfare of women and children, other aspects could also be looked at. "The bill for the protection of women is ready but this study is for the future," Tirath said. 

The WCD minister hoped Protection of Women against Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill would be presented in Parliament and passed in the current session itself.

Source : The Times of India

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